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  WHUT    BBC World News    News/Business. Matt Frei, Katty Kay.  
   International issues. (CC) (Stereo)  

    September 13, 2012
    7:00 - 7:30am EDT  

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>> this is bbc world news. funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe vermont and honolulu, newman's own foundation, and union bank.
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>> at union bank, our relationship managers work hard to know your business, offering specialized solutions and capital to help you meet your growth objectives. we offer expertise and tailor solutions for small businesses and major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, bbc world news. >> anti-american our rich spreading across the middle east as another embassy is attacked. a film about the prophet mohammed provokes further displays of violence. welcome to "gmt."
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karachi in mourning over the death of more than 240 people in a fire. money for nothing in the usa -- a bank robbery becomes a free- for-all in the getaway chase. it is midday in london, 7:00 and in the morning in washington. sanaa is the latest city to break out in anti-american demonstrations. protesters tried to storm the american embassy there. police fired on them before clearing the site. the protests have been spreading across much of the middle east, including in tunis, gasa, baghdad -- gaza, baghdad. in libya, with the american ambassador was killed, we have had reports of drones over head,
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and the u.s. is sending two destroyers to the coastline. >> the american embassy in yemen this morning. protests spreading. demonstrators climbed up the walls and stood on the entrance roof, security guards opened fire. the cause -- an obscure, crudely made film deemed insulting to the prophet mohammed. how much further my anger spread? -- might the anchor spread? in cairo today, where the protests started and continue with petrol bombs and tear gas, reports came of trouble in and morocco, tunis, gaza, and elsewhere. egypt's president unequivocally condemned the film. >> i have called on the american people to reject this behavior.
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this horrible behavior that actually causes harm. it does not benefit anybody. nor can we accept that there is such an entity and aggression against embassies and consulates or against people for the killing -- or the killing of anybody, for that matter. >> america isending more warships and trips to libya to protect its buildings, as well as fbi agents to investigate the killing of its ambassador and three others on tuesday. christopher stevens was a popular envoy. this is the ransacked consulate where he was killed. flags at american embassies around the world are flying at half mast, while an actor who was in the low-budget film said she had no idea how it would be used. >> we were filming a film that was in an era of 2000 years ago called "desert warriors."
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what he did to us was wrong, and perhaps we can all learn a lot from this. i don't know what i am going to do. >> and other protests have spread to iraq, where almost a decade ago, the delicate transition from dictatorship to democracy in the middle east was meant to have begun. >> we demand that the iraqi government close the american embassy. america must apologize to our parts of the islamic world. >> candle lit tributes in washington for the murder diplomats, with the unknown -- how much will their debts and the badly made film be a turning point in the arab spring? >> tensions are certainly high. we bring you live pictures from cairo. we have had protests and demonstrations that seem to be
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in relatively full flow. they are getting close to tahrir square. john, i would like to start with you if i could. give us a sense of how bad things appear to be today. >> that live picture you are looking at is a road that leads from tahrir square to the embassy. the security forces have pushed out the line, so there are no custome -- no protesters outside the embassy right now co. they're throwing stones and firebombs at the police, and you can see in the background there lobing if you tear gas grenades and going back to hold back the line. there are perhaps if you hundred, 1000 maximum -- a few
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hundred, 1000 maximum. it is a demonstration against this fall, but quite a few people chanting against their own government, expressing their dislike of president morsi, in part because ty is say he has not done enough to criticize this film. the main thing is the demonstration against this film, which they see as deeply insulting. >> you don't get a sense that these demonstrations are being driven by one particular organization or another? >> i think it certainly seems to have been guided on its way by the sophists -- salafists. they showed it on their tv channel a few days ago, and that is what got the demonstrations going in cairo and at libya. they are harder-line islamists and the muslim brotherhood.
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-- than the muslim brotherhood. to the muslim brotherhood itself, it is a big problem, because president morsi is in europe and he wants imf money and money from the united states, so the last thing he wants now is to alienate western opinion. >> we go to tripoli. there is a bit of a delay on the line. obvisly, given the death of the american ambassador and the u.s., the obama response to that, give us a sense of the mood, the tension in the country -- in the country today. >> i can tell you that the indians have taken to the streets, albeit in small numbers -- libyans have taken to the streets, albeit in small numbers, soon after the announcement of the death of the ambassador to libya.
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a lot of people here are very angry. they are also worried about the implication this will have diplomatically, and and a wider context, worried about foreign countries thinking twice about setting up shop here in the future. a lot of people angry, mainly, by what happened. they don't want to be seen in that light. they said that the transition period is difficult enough as it is, and there are a lot of challenges ahead. they are looking to build stronger ties with the west, which they see that they very much need at this time. >> we have word of drones over head and that there are more warships heading to the coast at the time. is there were of more retaliatory measures to come
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from the americans? anno, i don't think there is expectation of any type of declaration of war, if you will. the americans have made it clear, whether it is president obama or secretary of state hillary clinton, that the bond diplomatically between libya and the united states will not change because of the actions of a few that have taken place that claimed the lives of one of their officials. but they have been a very clear that they are essentially hunting down whoever was responsible for the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. they said that they would be working closely with the libyans. there are two american destroyers with in the vicinity of the libyan waters.
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american officials have described this as a precautionary measure. we will wait to see how olympians see it. -- how the libyans see it. we don't know if it will go down too well in benghazi as a matter of public opinion, but we will have to wait and see. >> voters in the netherlands have rejected the fringe parties and have given the vote to centrist parties. prime minister mark rutte says he will work to build a new coalition government. >> this is the man likely to lead the next coalition. the liberal leader is known as the teflon prime minister for his ability to emerge unscathed through times of crisis. today he is celebrating his party's biggest victory in decades.
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>> congratulations. the vvd has never been so bad in history as it is tonight. -- so big in history as it is tonight. >> very different scenes elsewhere. leaders of the freedom party took a gamble, but it did not pay off. >> we had a party two years ago, and now we've lost. we are optimists. when you look at the european union, the mass emigration from islamic countries, the problems will become only larger and the best years for my party are still to come. >> the center-left labour party came second. these elections are being
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seen as something of a crossroad for the netherlands, a chance for the country and its relationship with europe. the voters decided that their interests are best served firmly within the eurozone. now begins the process of forming a new coalition and working out where the next government should stand on austerity, spending cuts, and the netherlands' future, a future that the gvoters decided it's best to serve within the eurozone. >> let's look at the other stories making headlines around the world. families of the liverpool football supporters who died in one of bridge and's worst disasters says that they will press for criminal action. 96 football fans were crushed to death at the beginning of a match in sheffield. newly published files revealed how police covered up their own failings and tried to deflect blame onto the fans.
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protests are continuing outside the japanese embassy in beijing. chinese protesters have been chatting angry slogans, demonstrating against japan's decision to buy several of the disputed islands in the east china sea. police have deployed officers in the area. the u.n. children's agency unicef says there has been a big drop in the number of child deaths worldwide in the past 20 years. unicef says the fall came as a result of well targeted a foreign aid, improved immunization, and education. economic growth also contributed to fewer deaths. families and the pakistani city of karachi are burying their dead after a fire engulfeda garment factory with workers trapped inside. many relatives are lining up at the city hospital to give blood samples to help with the dna identificati of almost 100 charred bodies.
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let's get more from our correspondent in karachi. a desperately difficult time, were huge grief is no doubt milling with huge anchor, and the police are pursuing their case, are tod -- aren't they? >> they are. they carried out a formal inspection of the factor promises a few hours ago. the owners of the factory are on the run and police say they are looking for them. it is not just the owners that the families of victims feel angry against. angry mourners marched out on the streets chanting slogans against the government, who they say and many people here believe have not enforced the requisite safeguards to prevent such actions from taking place. >> can we expect some sort of
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case against the local authorities, against the government as well? >> that depends on the families of the victims. it will be difficult for them. most of them are working-class people and don't have a lot of clout in the country. there is already an outcry, a political outcry, about how this happened, about why in pakistan's business capital such conditions were allowed to remain in place. everybody is calling this factory the sweatshop, really. that such an establishment was allowed to run in the country's business capital -- questions are being asked of the authorities. they have a lot to answer for. let's see what sort of explanation they come up with it in what has changed in pakistan's industrial sector after what has been described as the countries biggest industrial disaster.
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>> thank you very much indeed. still to come, astronauts on a mission with a difference. what can they learn about going in opposite direction, deep underground? the duchess of cambridge has made her first overseas speech as the royal couple continues the diamond jubilee tour of southeast asia in the south pacific. she spoke after she and prince william met children in a hospice in malaysia, and she used the speech to talk about the terminally ill. earlier, they visited a memorial of commonwealth casualties from the second world war in singapore. >> with the current conflict in the back of their minds, prince harry is in afghanistan, this was a moment for william and kate to remember a battle from the past.
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thousands of our british and allied troops lost their lives trying and failing to defend a singapore in 1942, when it fell to the japanese. churchill called it the largest capitulation in british history. >> when the british pulled out of singapore, it had a great impact on us. the local people felt let down, because we depend on the british to look up to them -- look after them. >> on another hot day in this peaceful setting, william and kate looked at just a few of the brave young and around their age who died here when that singapore was a british colony. william and kate are continuing 8a long royal tradition of honoring the military. this was led by an officer who, as king will be head of the
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armed forces. >> we have more on that will jubilee tour. you can get it on the bbc news website. bbc.com/news. they are celebrating the queen's diamond jubilee. you can get next to facebook and twitter there as well. this is "gmt," bbc world news. angry protests in egypt, tunisia, yemen over a film that insults muslims. over 100 and a crushing debt in a factory fire. we have word -- over 100 in karachi dead in a fire. we have word on won't be a huge merger. -- would be a huge merger.
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>> a british defense contract with the parent company of airbus. if they get the green light, that makes them the biggest defense company in the world, outdoing boeing. to order 20,000 workers worldwide with sales of $100 million. why are the even talking in the first place? we can tell you what eads wants out of this. they want what bae systems has. eads has been trying to crack the u.s. market for some time, because that is where all the defense spending happens. even with the talks of the defense budget cuts, americans spent 10 to 20 times more buying all of this. given the sensitive nature of
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industry, there are probably future regulatory hurdles to jump over. the companies will also have to take into account what the customers think about a merger. >> the u.s. has a history of preferring bilateral relationships, and that is one of the reasons the u.k.-u.s. special will ship has worked so well politically and in defense trade. the saudis also very much value the close government to government relationship with the united kingdom, and it remains to be seen whether america and saudi arabia, the biggest customers of bae systems, will make of dealing with a partner that is not only multinational in outlook, because eads is french, german, spanish, but our company in which the national government, particularly of france and germany, has set significant stake. it will raise all kinds of issues that i don't think have been fully thought through yet. >> the deadline is october 10.
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>> not long at all but not long before we discover if printing more money is the secret to success in the u.s. >> the eyes of the global market are fixed firmly not on you, but the most powerful central banker in the world. the boss of the u.s. federal reserve, ben bernanke. today, will he or won't he announced new measures to reinvigorate the u.s. economy? the fed meeting wraps up this afternoon and this is seen o'clock 30 -- 4:30 gmt is one we expect an announcement hopefully, it will be let out to consumers who will then spend it. ben bernanke for the next couple of months has been hinting that we are standing ready, watching the economy, and watching the jobs market. last friday we had the jobs
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numbers out of the u.s. that disappointed everybody. many people think that as the tipping point now. two months away, we at the u.s. presidential election, and that is kind of putting the u.s. said fed between a rock and hard place. >> the fed is in on political entity, but if they delay things because of an election -- is a non-political entity, but if they delay things because of an election, that is political. anre not going to see unlimited road from the federal reserve. it is the punch bowl and everybody gets drunk on it, and people are worried that if they go on ltd., it will make people think that the economy is in a worse position than a it is. >> the u.s. economy is still growing.
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in terms of the economy, it does not need stimulus, but they want to be ready for the outside factors in particular. >> 16:30 gmt. thanks very much indeed for that. a team of astronauts is set to return from a mission with a bit of a difference. it did not take them into space. it took them in the opposite direction. they are due to service after a week underground. they were sent into a vast cave. our correspondent explains why there were there. >> down, down into the depths of the earth. it is not outer space. but it is still a useful astronaut training ground. this small team is far from the comforts of the earth's surface. they are dependent on each other, and they're working in a dark, dangerous environment. there are some parallels with
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life on a space mission. they were given complex tasks to do, getting used to conducting scientific research in strange and difficult conditions. again, a useful practice for space. even the food in this case is not so different from what is served up on a space station. and next time, the training astronauts find themselves inching along a sheer drop in the darkness, they might be on a space walk looking down at earth. >> it is not every day this full of cash is thrown out of her car window, is it, but that is what happened in los angeles when suspected bank robbers hurled money from their car while being pursued by police. >> the tv news helicopters tuned
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in for a high-speed car chase, but the reporters cannot believe what they were seeing. fistfuls of dollars into the street by suspected bank robbers. >> people out on the street, people hoping to collect money, a lot of people literally running up to the suspects. wow, look at that. >> it is harder to know if they were trying to get rid of evidence or to attract a crowd to block their pursuers. they were thought to a basket by jumping out of the vehicle, but eventually they ran into traffic. the crowds for perhaps hoping for a windfall. >> he is stuck in a pocket there. >> the men were caught, arrested, and taken away for questioning. >> that was the driver in the
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short time. >> there we are paid a reminder of our top stories. hundreds of protesters angered by an anti islam film stormed the u.s. compound in yemen. that is all for the moment. stay with us on "bbc world news." we have plenty more. >> make a sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. and union bank.
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>> at union bank, our relationship managers worked hard to understand the industry you operate in. working to nurture new ventures and help provide capital for key strategic decisions. we offer expertise and tailor solutions in a wide range of industries. what can we do for you? >> "pb
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